YARMOUTH — A convicted child molester who worked in a daycare centre and at a summer camp has pleaded guilty to an unrelated charge of exposing himself to a young child.
Mason Joel Davidson, 23, of Forest Hill, Kings County, did not attend Nova Scotia provincial court Thursday in Yarmouth where his lawyer Chris Manning entered a guilty plea.
Sentencing is scheduled for July 22 in Kentville.
Davidson was arrested by RCMP last June, when he was living in a rented home in Cedar Lake, Yarmouth County.
A police information alleged Davidson exposed his genitals to a young child at an address in Cedar Lake on June 16, 2012.
Davidson had been expected to go on trial Thursday in Yarmouth but the guilty plea was entered instead.
In an unrelated case last December, Davidson was convicted of fondling a boy in 2011 at a summer camp where he worked.
Davidson testified during that provincial court trial that he enjoyed reading to kids who piled onto his bed at a Yarmouth County summer camp.
Davidson worked at a Yarmouth daycare centre and at a Yarmouth elementary school as well as the summer camp, according to courtroom evidence.
The summer camp’s executive director testified that cabin leaders’ beds are in areas where children are never permitted. The importance of not being alone with a child was stressed to summer camp staff, court was told.
Davidson was sentenced in March to 30 days in jail for that conviction.
He can not be found with anyone under 16 or work or volunteer where young people are expected to be, unless he is with an adult.
And Davidson is prohibited from communicating with anyone under 16 on the Internet.
He was also placed on a sex offender registry and received a one-year period of probation.
YARMOUTH — A man who worked at a daycare and as a summer camp counsellor is expected to enter a plea today to charges that he exposed himself to a young child.
Mason Joel Davidson, 23, is accused in Nova Scotia provincial court documents of exposing his genitals last month to a child under the age of 14.
The location of the alleged offence is not precise and is said to have occurred somewhere in the community of Cedar Lake, where Davidson lived until recently.
Meanwhile, sources say Davidson could be charged with another offence involving a child.
“The RCMP are continuing with an investigation into an alleged sexual assault,” confirmed Sgt. Brigdit Leger, who did not provide further details.
Sources say the second case involves an elementary school-aged boy who was allegedly assaulted at a Yarmouth County summer camp last year.
Christine Long, director of Camp Peniel, said Monday that the Christian camp was made aware last month of an allegation against a former staff member who had been employed as a counsellor for the two previous summers.
She said the allegation involves Davidson.
“We’re devastated. We’ve been in this business for half a century,” said Long.
It’s the first time such an allegation has been made, she said.
“We’re taking the allegations very seriously.
“This situation deeply concerns us and we are in touch with affected families.”
Long said staff are distressed by the allegation. The camp is co-operating fully with police and answering concerns of parents.
The website for Camp Peniel says that the camp property was purchased by the Yarmouth County Association of Baptist Churches in 1961.
“Camper attendance has increased through the years and the year 2004 saw a record of 485 campers come throughout the summer,” the site said.
Davidson’s address is listed on court documents as a house several doors down from Camp Peniel on the same rural road. The house is now empty with grass growing as high as half a metre in the yard.
A telephone number for that address belonging to Mason Davidson has been disconnected.
Davidson was arrested last month but released after promising to stay away from schools, playgrounds or other locations where children are known to be.
He’s prohibited from supervising children through his employment unless another appropriate adult is with him.
Davidson is a 2007 graduate of Horton District High School in King’s County, according to his Facebook page and also studied at the Nova Scotia Community College campus in Yarmouth.
Davidson said on his Facebook page that he worked for the Boys and Girls Club of Yarmouth, home to one of the largest daycare centres in the area. He also said he had been employed at Meadowfields Community School in Yarmouth although that could not be confirmed on Monday.
Management at the Boys and Girls Club daycare said Monday that Davidson was at the daycare for under six months.
“He left us probably a month ago,” said Ann Jones, chairperson of the club’s board of directors.
“It was performance related. It had nothing to do with the other issue at all,” she said.
She said the daycare is not conducting any type of internal investigation.